Quotations on Pleasure

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As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.
- Sam Abell
(Keywords: Photography, Pleasure, Simplicity)

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard
(Keywords: Money, Virtue, Career, First, Pleasure, Woman, Writer)

Passion is all but soft, it's not tender, it's violence to which you get hooked by pleasure.
- Isabelle Adjani
(Keywords: Passion, Pleasure, Violence)

If one wants another only for some self-satisfaction, usually in the form of sensual pleasure, that wrong desire takes the form of lust rather than love.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Love, Desire, Lust, Pleasure, Self, Wrong)

It is love rather than sexual lust or unbridled sexuality if, in addition to the need or want involved, there is also some impulse to give pleasure to the persons thus loved and not merely to use them for our own selfish pleasure.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Love, Lust, Pleasure, Sexuality, Want)

Men value things in three ways: as useful, as pleasant or sources of pleasure, and as excellent, or as intrinsically admirable or honorable.
- Mortimer Adler
(Keywords: Men, Pleasure, Value)

Our sages of blessed memory have said that we must not enjoy any pleasure in this world without reciting a blessing.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Keywords: Memory, Pleasure, World)

Ah, the pleasure, the joy - a big news story that runs and runs, that is played down by some of our journalistic colleagues, saying 'it'll never happen', only to be confirmed by the Home Secretary.
- Kamal Ahmed
(Keywords: Home, Joy, News, Pleasure, Saying)

The greatest part of the job was... that was for nine years it was a pleasure to go to work.
- Jason Alexander
(Keywords: Work, Job, Pleasure, Years)

The good pleasure of God is an act of the divine will freely and effectively determining all things.
- William Ames
(Keywords: God, Act, Pleasure, Will)

The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.
- Anacharsis
(Keywords: Health, First, Madness, Pleasure, Shame)

It's the same thing that drives people to want to experience sexual pleasure or have one too many drinks. We all want to experience the other, and to get out of our daily existence.
- Adam Arkin
(Keywords: Experience, People, Drinks, Existence, Pleasure, Want)

People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure.
- David Attenborough
(Keywords: People, Pleasure, World)

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
- Russell Baker
(Keywords: Events, Humanity, Misfortune, Pleasure, Reason, Rest, World)

What our children have to fear is not the cars on the highways of tomorrow but our own pleasure in calculating the most elegant parameters of their deaths.
- J. G. Ballard
(Keywords: Fear, Children, Pleasure, Tomorrow)

I was always a great bundle of energy. As a child, instead of walking, I would run. And so running, which is a pain to a lot of people, was always a pleasure to me because it was so easy.
- Roger Bannister
(Keywords: People, Energy, Pain, Pleasure, Running, Walking)

The very gradual reductions in my weight which I am able to show, may be interesting to many, and I have great pleasure in stating them, believing that they serve to demonstrate further the merit of the system pursued.
- William Banting
(Keywords: May, Merit, Pleasure, Weight)

The arts are not just instantaneous pleasure - if you don't like it, the artist is wrong. I belong to the generation which says if you don't like it, you don't understand and you ought to find out.
- Ethel Barrymore
(Keywords: Artist, Pleasure, Wrong)

Old books that have ceased to be of service should no more be abandoned than should old friends who have ceased to give pleasure.
- Bernard Baruch
(Keywords: Books, Friends, Old, Pleasure, Service)

Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
- Georges Bataille
(Keywords: Happiness, Pleasure, Poison)

What is exhilarating in bad taste is the aristocratic pleasure of giving offense.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Giving, Pleasure, Taste)

The pleasure we derive from the representation of the present is due, not only to the beauty it can be clothed in, but also to its essential quality of being the present.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Beauty, Quality, Being, Pleasure, Present)

Sex pleasure in woman is a kind of magic spell; it demands complete abandon; if words or movements oppose the magic of caresses, the spell is broken.
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Keywords: Sex, Magic, Pleasure, Woman, Words)

Variety is the soul of pleasure.
- Aphra Behn
(Keywords: Soul, Pleasure, Variety)

It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him.
- Jim Bishop
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Pleasure, Writer)

I drive a lot. Just for pleasure. Sometimes I'll get in the Cadillac and drive around the city or the country, kind of trying to get lost basically. Y'know, just see where roads lead.
- Frank Black
(Keywords: Country, Pleasure, Trying)

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.
- Hugo Black
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Purpose, First, Paradox, Pleasure, Self)

Take pleasure in your dreams; relish your principles and drape your purest feelings on the heart of a precious lover.
- Giotto di Bondone
(Keywords: Dreams, Feelings, Heart, Pleasure, Principles)

Finding people who get enormous pleasure from reading books is a more and more unusual experience, and so writers just so much want to be heard.
- Susie Bright
(Keywords: Experience, People, Books, Pleasure, Reading, Want, Writers)

If it doesn't work out there will never be any doubt that the pleasure was worth all the pain.
- Jimmy Buffett
(Keywords: Work, Doubt, Pain, Pleasure, Will, Worth)

A carefree quality is a whole aspect of life that I will never understand. I don't think I have ever been carefree and can't see the pleasure of it.
- Carter Burwell
(Keywords: Life, Quality, Pleasure, Will)

The joy of giving is indeed a pleasure, especially when you get rid of something you don't want.
- Frank Butler
(Keywords: Giving, Joy, Pleasure, Want)

The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Fool, May, Pleasure, Will)

There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
- George Byron
(Keywords: Love, Music, Nature, Society, Deep, Lonely, Man, Pleasure, Sea)

Though sages may pour out their wisdom's treasure, there is no sterner moralist than pleasure.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Wisdom, May, Pleasure, Treasure)

He invented this idea of telling the life story of a great writer through becoming his characters and becoming him. It was such a pleasure and I thought we must find another writer.
- Simon Callow
(Keywords: Life, Thought, Idea, Pleasure, Writer)

Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.
- Elias Canetti
(Keywords: Children, Deception, Pleasure, Practice)

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
- Truman Capote
(Keywords: Music, Pleasure, Words, Writing)

For Pleasure, Delight, Peace and Felicity live in method and temperance.
- Margaret Cavendish
(Keywords: Peace, Delight, Pleasure, Temperance)

On that road of the informer, it is always night. I cannot ever inform against anyone without feeling something die within me. I inform without pleasure, because it is necessary.
- Whittaker Chambers
(Keywords: Feeling, Night, Pleasure, Road)

We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is over eager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.
- William Ellery Channing
(Keywords: Ignorance, Order, Pleasure, Pursuit, Smile)

When I'm depressed and I feel low thinking that good movies are not made any more, then I put on his movies and I watch them. I laugh and I cry and I have great pleasure.
- Geraldine Chaplin
(Keywords: Movies, Pleasure, Thinking)

Pleasure is a necessary reciprocal. No one feels, who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please. What pleases you in others, will in general please them in you.
- Lord Chesterfield
(Keywords: Time, Pleasure, Will)

He greatly valued his possessions, chiefly because they were his, and derived genuine pleasure from contemplating a painting, a statuette, a rare lace curtain - no matter what - after he had bought it and placed it among his household gods.
- Kate Chopin
(Keywords: Gods, Painting, Pleasure, Possessions)

Our fates are in the hands of An Almighty God, to whom I can with pleasure confide my own; he can save us, or destroy us; his Councils are fixed and cannot be disappointed, and all his designs will be Accomplished.
- Abraham Clark
(Keywords: God, Pleasure, Will)

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.
- Beverly Cleary
(Keywords: Children, Pleasure, Reading, School, Teachers)

Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration.
- DeWitt Clinton
(Keywords: Power, Knowledge, Wealth, Enjoyment, Pleasure, Shadow, Space, Vanity)

It's always a pleasure to talk about someone else's work.
- Chuck Close
(Keywords: Work, Pleasure, Talk)

Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.
- Frank Moore Colby
(Keywords: Life, People, Pleasure, Questions)

Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass.
- William Congreve
(Keywords: Business, Time, Wisdom, Father, Occupation, Pleasure, Wit)



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